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Henry Powell Hopkins papers

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Abstract

Title:
Henry Powell Hopkins papers
Author/Creator:
Hopkins, Henry Powell
Collection number:
90-383
Size:
3.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1915-1940
Inclusive dates:
1886-1959
Collection Area:
State of Maryland and Historical Collections
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Architect Henry Powell Hopkins (1891-1984) designed many buildings on the University of Maryland at College Park campus, and he also designed and remodeled a number of significant structures throughout the state of Maryland. Materials such as photographs, drawings, and clippings document Hopkin's architectural works and interests. The collection also includes representations, such as drawings and blueprints, of private residences, educational and medical facilities, and government, business, and religious buildings designed by Hopkins.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

This collection is open for research.

Preferred citation:

Henry Powell Hopkins papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Henry Powell Hopkins, architect, was born on February 12, 1891 in Annapolis, Maryland, the son of Harry Jump and Frances Elizabeth (Chattle) Hopkins. On January 12, 1915, Hopkins married Constance Madea Hummel (1895-1952). They had two children, Henry Powell Hopkins, Jr. (1917-) and Donald M. Hopkins, who died in action in the Navy during World War II.

Hopkins first attended Cornell University from 1909 to 1910, then studied at Columbia University until 1914, when he received a bachelor's degree in architecture. From 1914 to 1915, he traveled to England, France, Italy, and Spain, engaging in post-graduate study and sketching. After first being employed in the offices of the firm Howe and Hoyt in Kansas City, Missouri, he became an instructor of architecture at Texas A. and M. College in 1916. In 1917, Hopkins received an honorary M. A. from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland. Then, in 1919, he worked as an architectural designer in the offices of Albro and Lindeberg in New York, while giving an evening extension course in the history of architecture at Columbia.

He began his architectural practice in Baltimore that same year, with offices at 10 East Mulberry Street; later he had offices at 347 North Charles Street. In 1951, he was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and by then was considered by his colleagues to be one of the outstanding world authorities on Georgian architecture. In 1960, he received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Washington College, Chestertown, Maryland. His architectural firm, as of 1962, was Hopkins, Pfeiffer and Associates. Probably some time later that decade, the firm became Henry Powell Hopkins and Associates, comprised of partners Henry Powell Hopkins, John H. Bamberger, Karl E. Boehk, and James S. Turner, Jr. The 18th century houses of his birthplace, Annapolis, inspired Hopkins to devote himself to the study, preservation, restoration and publicizing of these buildings, which in turn, have influenced all his own work in design. In 1949, he was an adviser on Maryland State Code Commission. He was also supervising architect for restoration of the Maryland State House, as well as architect for development of Colonial Annapolis.

His works are numerous and cover various types of structures such as residences, educational facilities, medical facilities, government buildings and those of other sorts of businesses. Major residences Hopkins designed and/or remodeled include the Trippe residence, Talbot County (1922), the Charles Baetjer house, Baltimore (1925), and the Senator Millard Tydings home, "Oakington," Harve de Grace (1926). Hopkins also designed the medical facilities at the Springfield State Hospital in Sykesville, Maryland (1926-1950), as well as the Active Treatment Building at Spring Grove State Hospital (1961). Education facilities he created include Hodson and Reid Halls at Washington College, Chestertown Maryland; the chapel at Hood College, Frederick, Maryland (1955); and the Fine Arts Building, the Horticultural Building and the McKeldin Library (1957) at the University of Maryland at College Park. Hopkins also remodeled the State Office Building in Annapolis, Maryland, in 1939, and restored the city's Old Treasury Building in 1950. Other buildings with which he is credited include the Calvary Methodist Church in Annapolis in 1921; the Circle Theatre in Annapolis; the Cambridge City Hall, in Cambridge, Maryland; and the First National Bank in Aberdeen, Maryland (with associate architect L. H. Fowler).

Hopkins was an active member in many professional and community organizations. In 1921, he became a member of the American Institute of Architects. From 1946 to 1948, he served as vice-president of the Baltimore Chapter, before holding the presidency from 1948 to 1950. He also served as president of the Rotary from 1944 to 1945, founded and presided over the Baltimore Wine and Food Society in 1947, and then served as vice president of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) in 1951. In addition, he served as governor of the Society of Colonial Wars and president of the Baltimore Chapter of the Eastern Shore Society. Hopkins also held membership in the Society of the War of 1812, the Maryland Club and the Chester River Yacht and County Club.

Mr. Hopkins died in 1984 of chronic pneumonia at his home in Baltimore, Maryland.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The papers of Henry Powell Hopkins consist of photographs, negatives, correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, and drawings dating from 1886 to 1959; the collection also includes some undated material. The photographic materials cover major buildings Hopkins designed, while the drawings depict his interests during his years at Columbia and his year abroad in Europe. The drawings from architectural magazines show a strong interest in armories while studying at Columbia.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The papers of Henry Powell Hopkins were transferred from the Architecture Library to the Historical Manuscripts and Archives Department by Leslie Abrams, architectural librarian, in April 1990. It is likely that these materials were donated to the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries by Henry Powell Hopkins, Jr. One reprint of a Hopkins' newspaper article was donated in 1990 by Historic Annapolis, via Jonathan Jeffrey.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Karen E. Eglinton, June 1990; Revised by Joanne Archer, December 2005

Processing note:

The photographs were first separated from the rest of the materials and transferred to the photographic collection. All drawings and the secondary materials on armories were flattened and placed in map folders. The correspondence and the newspaper article was placed in acid-free folders. All materials were placed in oversize storage.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Joanne Archer, December 2005.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into three series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Professional Career, 1915-1959 (3 items)

This series consists of a Western Union telegram from Harry J. Hopkins to his son, Henry Powell Hopkins, regarding a Baltimore building, a newspaper clipping from the Des Moines Register, and a reprint of Hopkinss article "Beautiful Houses Of Annapolis"

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence (Oversize Only, MC1 DR8), 1915 series 1box 1folder 1
Clippings -- Des Moines Register clipping (Oversize Only, MC1 DR8), 1924 series 1box 1folder 2
Writings -- "Beautiful Houses of Annapolis..." (Oversize Only, MC1 DR8), 1959 series 1box 1folder 3

Series 2: Drawings, 1886-1915 and undated (2.50 linear feet)

This series mostly consists of drawings of buildings Hopkins made while at Columbia University, while traveling in Italy, and during his career as an architect. Most of the drawings are pencil sketches on tracing paper, while some are on heavier material. The drawings have been placed in oversize storage. Drawings that were clipped from architectural magazines have also been included in this series. Negatives were removed to Series III.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Armories (Oversize Only, MC1 DR8), undated series 2box 1folder 1
Armories -- Secondary materials (Oversize Only, MC1 DR8), 1906 and undated series 2box 1folder 2
Armories -- Secondary materials (Oversize Only, MC1 DR8Oversize Only, MC1 DR8), 1886-1887 series 2box 1folder 3
Buildings (Oversize Only, MC1 DR8), 1911 and undated series 2box 1folder 4
Coats of Arms (Oversize Only, MC1 DR8), undated series 2box 1folder 5
Italy (Oversize Only, MC1 DR8), [1915] series 2box 1folder 6
Miscellaneous (Oversize Only, MC1 DR8), undated series 2box 1folder 7

Series 3: Photographs and Negatives, 1923-1940 and undated (2.00 linear feet)

This series consists of photographs and negatives documenting buildings designed by Hopkins over the course of his career. The types of buildings found in this series include residences, educational institutions, medical buildings, as well as government, business, and religious structures. Arrangement is alphabetical by building type. Unidentified images are included at the end of the series as are negatives removed from Series II.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Educational Institutions -- Cambridge High School (Cambridge, MD), [undated] series 3box 1folder 1
Educational Institutions -- Easton High School (Easton, MD), [undated] series 3box 1folder 2
Educational Institutions -- Oxford School (Oxford, MD), [undated] series 3box 1folder 3
Educational Institutions -- Tilghman's Island School (Tilghman, MD), [undated] series 3box 1folder 4
Educational Institutions -- Washington College (Chestertown, MD) -- Entrance Gate, [undated] series 3box 1folder 5
Educational Institutions -- Washington College (Chestertown, MD) -- Hodson Hall, 1936-1937 series 3box 1folder 6
Educational Institutions -- Washington College (Chestertown, MD) -- Hodson Hall -- Negatives, [undated] series 3box 1folder 7
Educational Institutions -- Washington College (Chestertown, MD) -- Recreation Building, 1936 series 3box 1folder 8
Educational Institutions -- Washington College (Chestertown, MD) -- Reid Hall, [undated] series 3box 1folder 9
Educational Institutions -- Washington College (Chestertown, MD) -- Reid Hall -- Negatives, [undated] series 3box 1folder 10
Government, Business, and Religious Buildings -- Circle Theatre (Annapolis, MD), [undated] series 3box 1folder 11
Government, Business, and Religious Buildings -- Circle Theatre (Annapolis, MD) -- Negatives, [undated] series 3box 1folder 12
Government, Business, and Religious Buildings -- City Hall (Cambridge, MD), [undated] series 3box 1folder 13
Government, Business, and Religious Buildings -- First National Bank (Aberdeen, MD), [undated] series 3box 1folder 14
Government, Business, and Religious Buildings -- Fort Ave M.E. Church, [undated] series 3box 1folder 15
Government, Business, and Religious Buildings -- Oark Bank, [undated] series 3box 1folder 16
Government, Business, and Religious Buildings -- State House (Annapolis, MD), [undated] series 3box 1folder 17
Government, Business, and Religious Buildings -- State Office Building (Annapolis, MD), [undated] series 3box 1folder 18
Medical Buildings -- Home for the Aged (Salisbury, MD), [undated] series 3box 1folder 19
Medical Buildings -- Springfield State Hospital (Sykesville, MD) -- New Epileptic Colony, [undated] series 3box 1folder 20
Medical Buildings -- Springfield State Hospital (Sykesville, MD) -- New Epileptic Colony, [undated] series 3box 1folder 21
Medical Buildings -- Springfield State Hospital (Sykesville, MD) -- New Epileptic Colony -- Ceiling -- Negatives, [undated] series 3box 2folder 1
Medical Buildings -- Springfield State Hospital (Sykesville, MD) -- New Epileptic Colony -- Door -- Negatives, [undated] series 3box 2folder 2
Medical Buildings -- Springfield State Hospital (Sykesville, MD) -- Women's Infirmary Hospital, [undated] series 3box 2folder 3
Medical Buildings -- Psychopathic Hospital for Criminals (Spring Grove, MD), [undated] series 3box 2folder 4
Residences -- Charles B. Baetjer Residence (Guildford, Baltimore, MD), [undated] series 3box 2folder 5
Residences -- T. Milton Carrol Residence (Havre de Grace, MD), [undated] series 3box 2folder 6
Residences -- Keswick (Powhatan County, VA), [undated] series 3box 2folder 7
Residences -- Barclay H. Trippe Residence -- Auburn (Easton, MD), 1923 and [undated] series 3box 2folder 8
Residences -- Senator Millard E. Tydings Residence -- Oakington (Havre de Grace, MD), 1936 and [undated] series 3box 2folder 9
Residences -- Wilbur Van Sant Residence (Baltimore, MD), [undated] series 3box 2folder 10
Residences -- Dr. Hugh H. Young Estate (Magothy River, MD), 1923 and [undated] series 3box 2folder 11
Residences -- Dr. Hugh H. Young Residence (Guilford, Baltimore, MD), [undated] series 3box 2folder 12
Negatives -- Series II, [undated] series 3box 2folder 13
Unidentified Images, [undated] series 3box 2folder 14
Unidentified Images, 1923-1940 and [undated] series 3box 2folder 15
Unidentified Images, [undated] series 3box 2folder 16
Unidentified Images, [undated] series 3box 2folder 17
Unidentified Images -- Negatives -- Door of unknown building, [undated] series 3box 2folder 18
Unidentified Images -- Negatives -- Unknown building detail, [undated] series 3box 2folder 19
Unidentified Images -- Negatives -- unidentied images, [undated] series 3box 2folder 20

Related Material

In 1924, Hopkins wrote Sources of Memorial Ornamentation, which was published by the Vermont Marble Company. This volume is located in the special collections of the Architecture Library (Arch NK 1510 .H6 Folio).

Hopkins's architectural drawings and blueprints of buildings he designed at the University of Maryland College Park are located in the Records of the Department of Physical Plant, Series IV: Maps, Plans, Drawings.

Specifications prepared by Hopkins in 1956 for the construction of the McKeldin Library on the campus of the University of Maryland, College Park are in the University publications collection under the heading "Buildings and Grounds. McKeldin Library."

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